TWO burglars who travelled into Lancashire to target affluent addresses have been jailed.
Joshua Meighan, 22, and Jack Hunter, 18, broke in to a property in Kentmere, St Michaels, near Preston, in June.
They stole more than £3,000 of possessions including computer equipment and jewellery before fleeing in a car.
As they tried to make their way back to Merseyside they were stopped by police in Windy Harbour and arrested.
Appearing at Preston Crown Court, Meighan, of Corner Brook, Liverpool, pleaded guilty to burglary and was sentenced to one year in prison.
Hunter, of Downgreen Close, Kirkby, was found guilty and was jailed for two years. The judge ordered the forfeiture of the car used by them.
DC Steve Craig, of Wyre CID, said: “Thanks to an efficient stop check of their car by officers, Hunter and Meighan were arrested before the break-in had even been discovered by the victim. The pair had ransacked the house and taken personal possessions, which caused the victim a great deal of distress.
“Both Hunter and Meighan have lost their freedom and this should serve as a warning to other criminals who are thinking of travelling to Lancashire to carry out burglaries - we are waiting for you and will do everything we can to put you behind bars.”
Lancashire Police uses ANPR (Automatic Numberplate recognition) technology to track suspicious vehicles from other counties travelling around Lancashire.